Montero called himself "pretty much retired" Saturday as he transitioned from a career as a player to one as an agent, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Montero launched an agency with his brother-in-law which represents 17 clients, including one big leaguer, Gorkys Hernandez. Montero played in just four games for the Nationals in 2018, which appear now to have been the final four games in his 13-year career. The catcher will end his career with a .256/.340/.411 line, finishing with 973 hits and 126 home runs. He won a World Series with the Cubs in 2016 and made the All-Star Game in 2011 and 2014, both with the Diamondbacks.
Montero cleared waivers and was released by the Nationals on Friday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. The Nationals opted to go with Matt Wieters and Pedro Severino behind the dish in the majors, leaving Montero without a spot on the roster. As such, he'll now test the open market, though his mediocre showing over the past two seasons will likely limit him to a minor-league deal.
Montero was designated for assignment by Washington on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. With Matt Wieters (oblique) activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game, the Nationals decided against keeping three catchers on the active roster and removed Montero from the 40-man. He had appeared in four games this season but failed to collect a hit in 11 at-bats. Montero will now be subjected to waivers.
Montero is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Braves. Despite returning from the paternity list ahead of the contest, the Nationals will keep him on the bench Tuesday. Pedro Severino will log another start behind the dish in his stead.
Montero was activated from the paternity list Tuesday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. As expected, the veteran backstop will make his return to the Nationals ahead of Tuesday's game with the Braves. His stay atop the depth chart will likely be brief, however, as Matt Wieters (oblique) is expected to return Wednesday. In a corresponding move, Jhonatan Solano (elbow) was placed on the disabled list.